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New Vegetable Gardener — Organic Practices in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

When a group of backyard gardeners get together and talk about the organic practices they use in the vegetable gardens, you will often hear information that is confusing, such as I don’t use chemicals in my garden, I… Read More

COVID-“19 Ways to Control Anxiety and Stress”

Stress comes in many forms. People are experiencing different levels of stress and anxiety. Many are having success with established coping mechanisms already in place. Some have set great routines for activities of daily living and others have… Read More

Fruit of Your Labor

We fit fruiting trees and vines in our landscape because the man of the mower enjoys eating food from the yard. We fondly recall our granddaughter’s first homemade cobbler, made with freshly picked blackberries. Good memories. A dear… Read More

Fruit of Your Labor

We fit fruiting trees and vines in our landscape because the man of the mower enjoys eating food from the yard. We fondly recall our granddaughter’s first homemade cobbler, made with freshly picked blackberries. Good memories. A dear… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Fewer Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Pesticides are greatly misunderstood by many and incorrectly used by some. Do we need to use pesticides at all in the vegetable garden? I know many of you just jumped on this question with a resounding “NO!” You… Read More

Let the worms do the work! Build your own worm farm for composting

What is a Worm Farm? Worm farming, or vermicomposting, is a way to recycle food waste using worms.  Worms are housed  in an enclosed compost bin, or worm farm, and are fed food scraps.  The worm farm is… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should be performed once… Read More

Everglades Tomato-A Summer Tomato for the Keys

Also known locally as wild tomato or currant tomato, the Everglades tomato is a wonder for gardeners in the Florida Keys. The tomato blooms and fruits all year long, is tolerant of our alkaline soil, brackish water, salt… Read More

Exercise Outlet in Local Escambia Extension Gardens

Many local residents are safely utilizing the walking track at the Escambia County Extension office located at 3740 Stefani Road, Cantonment. A portion of the track runs directly in front of the Demonstration Gardens, which are developed and… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Irrigation and Fertilizer (Getting a Little Technical)

This topic is very critical to the productivity of your new vegetable garden. Water and fertilizer are closely linked. Without water, nutrients (fertilizer) will not be made available to your plants. Without nutrients, water, and sunlight, plants cannot… Read More